Business supports

Business supports

Strathcona County is supportive of the local businesses community. With so many activities, organizations, programs, applications and technologies available to assist businesses, knowledgable local experts can help guide you. Contact information found at the bottom of this page.

Below are just a few current initiatives.

Attend the Supply Chain Forum

Businesses in the region are invited to attend an Industry Supply Chain Forum on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at the Shell Theatre in Fort Saskatchewan. The forum will connect attendees with many of the region’s major industrial companies. 

Contractors, tradespeople, food service, hoteliers, and other small and medium businesses will be able to learn about company processes, from proposals to purchasing.  The forum includes presentations from Shell, Dow, and Wolf Midstream. Attendees will be able to speak directly with representatives from companies including Imperial, Keyera, Shell, Inter Pipeline, ATCO, Suncor, Dow, Wolf Midstream North West Redwater Partnership, Pembina and Nutrien. 
The forum is being held jointly by City of Fort Saskatchewan, Strathcona County, Sturgeon County, and the Fort Saskatchewan and District Chamber of Commerce. 

  • Wednesday, May 25, 4 to 7 p.m. 
  • Shell Theatre at the Dow Centennial Centre in Fort Saskatchewan 
  • Presentations start at 4:30 p.m. with networking to follow at 6 p.m. 
  • Tickets are $20 or $10 for members of your Chamber of Commerce in the region. 

Businesses can register here.

Business retention and expansion survey results

Businesses, thank you for sharing your thoughts, top priorities, and how you view Strathcona County as a place to do business.

From October 12 to November 5, 2021, Strathcona County and MDB Insight conducted phone surveys and interviews with over 400 local businesses.

Highlights from the report 

  • 91 per cent responded that they were ‘very’ or ‘somewhat satisfied’ with Strathcona County as a place to own and operate a business
  • 86 per cent of the business respondents were locally owned and operated 
  • 81 per cent of business owners are confident on business resiliency and supports in Strathcona County 
  • Looking forward on the next 12 months, a larger portion of Strathcona County businesses expect an increase in revenues (55 per cent) compared to those that expect a decrease (10 per cent)

 Review survey results here.

The next step

As a result of the phone surveys, interested businesses will be contacted by an economic development officer for follow up. Economic Development and Tourism’s core services is to assist them in expanding into new markets, new buildings or new product offerings; and to create connections and build relationships. Other businesses may require supports due to plans for downsizing, relocating, selling or closing. Through these interviews Economic Development and Tourism is then able to not only assist individual businesses, but also to customize programming to fill any current service gaps. This will be an iterative process as new findings are uncovered and will inform future programming.

Develop your online presence

  • Do you need help with e-commerce? 
  • Are you struggling with building a web presence? 
  • No idea how to build a social media strategy? Or how to find analytics?

Help is available through the Digital Economy Program, a free service open to small businesses who would like to undergo a digital transformation. The program is a partnership between Strathcona County, the University of Alberta School of Business, Business Link, and Digital Main Street.

How does it work

Eligible businesses sign up online for the program, and if accepted, get free 1-on-1 help with digital services.


Learn more about the program and sign up today at 

Economic Development and Tourism
Phone: 780-464-8095

2001 Sherwood Drive
Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
T8A 3W7

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Last updated: Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Page ID: 38741